When it came to planning Rowan's FIRST BIRTHDAY party, I was more than excited to celebrate my favorite day in the history of my life, but I also wanted to keep it personal, low-key, and simple.
If you already know me, you may have burst out laughing at that last line. I have definitely been known to let party planning get a little ridiculous/theatrical at times (i.e. vintage dance cards to encourage old-fashioned party mingling... or hand-drawn marauder's map invitations for guests to locate a quidditch field... OR a full-blown murder mystery plot for a 1920s-themed Christmas party... You get the idea.)
Basically, if there is an over-the-top idea for a party that is completely unnecessary and maybe a touch dweeby, then I probably want to do it.
Fast-forward to mom life-- Now I've hit the phase when I should learn to slow down and not theme the crap out of a party and spend weeks scheming those unnecessary details... but... You can take the girl out of Theatre, but you can't take the Theatre out of the girl. Am I right?
But back to mom life-- All of this turns into me starting too many projects and ideas and then stressing out and getting disappointed when I don't have time to get it all done. It all sounds pretty pathetic to explain, but I just LOVE parties and get really excited about them. No one is having time to kill over here, so I wanted to keep this one as simple as I could stand for it to be.
Rowan's name is a type of tree, and his favorite animals right now are owls. So I went with a tree-forest-camping theme. Also. I have an unnecessary amount of woodland-themed party accessories (read: FREE), so we went with it! ALSO, I used to call Rowan "Sprout" when he was in my belly, so the whole plant/tree aspect is special to me.